Category Archives: News


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May 2017

The “Bodymind” Connection

“In the end, I find I can’t separate brain from body. Consciousness isn’t just in the head. Nor is it a question of mind over body. If one takes into account the DNA directing the dance of the peptides, the body is the outward manifestation of the mind. The new science of psycho-neuro-immunology is redefining the connection between mind and body. We can no longer speak of body and mind as separate systems or entities. Bodymind – one word, no hyphen.”                                                    Candice Pert, author of “Molecules of Emotion” In recent years, there has been tremendous growth in the field of mind/body medicine. However the mind/body connection did not come into view until the 1800’s. Prior to that time, the mind and body were thought of as two separate parts. One pioneer in this field was Hans Selye, the father of stress research. In the twentieth century, he developed the concept of stress and the physiological response to stress by the body. He concluded that the body has the same response to many different types of stressors, and that stress can make you ill. Since Selye’s work, others have studied the impact of stress on the body such as George Solomon at Stanford University, Robert Ader at the University of Rochester, and most recent, Candice Pert at Johns Hopkins. Her pioneering research provides evidence that chemicals, (neuropeptides) in the body are the basis for awareness and consciousness, and profoundly influence how we respond to and experience our world. “The body is not a mindless machine; the body and mind are one.” (Book; Molecules of Emotion by Candice Pert) The stress response has been man’s survival mechanism since early times. The “Fight or Flight” response protected man from being eaten by a predator, but also enabled man to hunt for food. Today, this…

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14

Mar 2017

Build the Foundation of Health with CONNECT

“Awareness is the ability to observe how you create something …as you do it… Seeing the consequences as they happen.”  From the Book-The New Science of Super-Awareness by Bill Harris   One of our biggest challenges today is maintaining healthy habits. Many of us know what we should be doing. But just knowing what we are doing and what we want to change is not enough. Developing strong health habits begins with awareness. Awareness is the foundation from which change happens. According to Bill Harris, “awareness creates choice.” With awareness, we see options we weren’t aware of because we understand the impulses or thoughts that generate certain behaviors. CONNECT™ is a holistic philosophy created to build a solid foundation of awareness. Many of the choices we make are made unconsciously. Our habits are on auto pilot.  CONNECT™ bridges the gap between unconscious choices, to conscious choice. In the area of brain science, “awareness is created in the brain, in the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the seat of executive control or self-regulation, the part of the brain responsible for planning, self-control and will power, complex cognitive behaviors, decision making and social behavior.” (The New Science of Super Awareness by Bill Harris) The CONNECT™ process raises your awareness of the tendency to make impulsive decisions and choices. It raises awareness about the value you assign to the choices you make; the benefits, advantages, and consequences you recognize about these choices; how you behave in relation to how you feel. This new awareness will lead you to a sense of control that you feel both physically and emotionally over a situation, while acquiring strategies to help you make conscious choices to reach your goals. Judy Rienzi is the owner of Health Promotion Associates and the author of the CONNECT Health Management…

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Book Review: Year Round Indoor Salad Gardening

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Jan 2017

Book Review: Year Round Indoor Salad Gardening

 My latest obsession is growing sprouts, shoots, and microgreens.  I happened to be in the health food store one day and noticed a box of broccoli sprouts. They did not look like the same sprouts I was buying in the grocery store. These had a lot more little green leaves on top and tasted great. This caught my attention. So, after some research, I was compelled to buy Peter Burke’s book Year Round Indoor Salad Gardening,  following his technique to the letter with great success. A whole new world opened up to me. I’ve learned about so many varieties of plants that can be grown into shoots and soil sprouted greens which have become my favorites. Right now I am growing buckwheat, arugula, and red Russian kale soil sprouts and broccoli sprouts which are a staple in my home due to their powerful health benefits. There is a lot of confusion about the terminology of different immature greens, which I’m still trying to wrap my head around. Soil-sprouts and microgreens, I am learning, are not the same thing and the author makes a distinction between all the greens. “Sprouts, bean sprouts, shoots, microgreens, baby greens, and soil sprouts are all immature greens. Each one is distinct in how it is grown and at what stage of growth it is harvested.” It’s an education in progress. It’s not often I recommend a self- help or do-it-yourself book. But this one is a gem. Peter Burke, the author, lives in Vermont and has been a long time gardener and teacher of his gardening technique. His method for “soil- sprouts” as he refers to all his sprouted seeds is easy and doesn’t require a lot of equipment like grow lights, pumps, or greenhouses that are necessary for microgreens. Just a dark cupboard and…

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03

Aug 2016

Free Medication Manager

At home medication errors have endangered the lives of thousands of people each year resulting in ER visits, hospitalizations, and even death. For a variety of reasons, people forget or misuse their medications. It is important that you become good self managers of your total health care. We want to provide you with the rights tool and resources that will help you better understand what your health care needs and how to take care of them. Taking medication properly can make a significant difference in your health outcome, and the quality of your life. This is very important to us and therefore Health Promotion Associates is providing you with a free medication manager. Go to www.healthpromotionassociates.com and sign up to receive your free medication manager.


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Sep 2014

The Role of Self-Efficacy in Health

Hidden away in our subconscious are the beliefs by which we live. We make decisions every day based on these beliefs without thinking about them. What happens when these beliefs are challenged? Do we shy away from a challenge because we doubt our abilities, or do we welcome the challenge and rise to the occasion? What is Self-Efficacy Self-efficacy is a person’s belief, or confidence, in his or her ability to be successful in certain situations. The concept of self-efficacy, a core aspect of social cognitive theory, originated from psychologist Albert Bandura. According to Bandura, self-efficacy has an impact on all aspects of our lives; emotional, psychological, motivational, and is a strong predictor of behavior change. Self-efficacy beliefs, or self- perceptions, provide the foundation for well-being, personal accomplishments, and life choices. A person with a high sense of self-efficacy approach tasks as a challenge rather than a threat to be avoided. They set challenging goals, maintain a strong sense of commitment to them, and recover after setbacks or failures attributing these failures to lack of knowledge and skills which can be acquired (Bandura 1977). Overall, self-efficacy is concerned with people’s beliefs in their capabilities to exercise control over their functioning and over the events that affect their lives. Self-Efficacy in Health Self-efficacy provides a way of tapping into the power of consumers to engage in their health. Studies tell us there is a strong relationship between self-efficacy and behavior change. A critical factor in determining how successful a person will be in taking control of, and improving their health depends on their level of self-efficacy. People may understand their health is determined by their behavior, but  believe they lack the knowledge and skills necessary to make those changes. Their success depends on several factors; their successes and failures with behavior…

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The Art of Self-Management: What is it and Why you need it

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Aug 2014

The Art of Self-Management: What is it and Why you need it

With an average of 15 minutes allowed for a medical office visit, most of a person’s health care happens outside the doctor’s office. Self-management is a key component in effectively managing health, whether preventing disease or managing a chronic illness. Self-management goes beyond traditional health education that focuses on disease-specific self-care interventions. As a multi-faceted approach to health, self-management builds skills in self-monitoring, problem-solving, self- efficacy, decision-making, and communication, and then actively applies them to health-related situations. Practicing self-management improves the exchange of information between the person and their health providers. The person becomes their own health advocate to get the best and most appropriate care for themselves, which improves health outcomes. The aim of self-management is to empower an individual to take control of their health. Using self-management techniques, a person can detect changes in their health and take the necessary action to prevent it from becoming a chronic condition. Practicing self-management improves the ability of a person to manage a chronic illness, making cognitive, emotional, and behavior changes necessary to improve their quality of life. It means being an active participant by asking questions, appointing a health advocate and taking them with you to your appointments, understanding your medications, learning about your chronic illness, and making lifestyle choices that will improve your health. Health Promotion Strategies As providers of self-management tools and resources, Health Promotion Associates, LLC, believes there is considerable opportunity for developing self-management strategies to overcome barriers that inhibit a person’s ability to manage their health. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Field Notes, it’s important to give people the “tools they need to understand what makes them sick, how to stay healthy, and what to do if their condition gets worse”. In order to be effective, self-management programs should include ongoing support that; Focuses on the needs, values, and preferences of the person…

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How Often Does One Plan for Health?

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Jul 2014

How Often Does One Plan for Health?

Contributed by Laura R. Novakowski Why is our health always the last consideration? It seems that most often we plan vacations and parties. Next, we plan for schools, careers and retirement? However, studies too numerous to mention indicate that most people don’t proactively plan for health until they are struck by a disease. Now, consider this… Building a Well Workplace: Six Reasons Why Health Promotion Makes Good Business Sense Source: WELCOA – http://www.welcoa.org/wellworkplace/index.php?cat=1&page=1 REASON #1: Although we spend more dollars on health care than any other industrialized nation, our citizens are not the worlds healthiest. REASON #2: Much of the illness in the US is directly preventable. REASON #3: Healthcare costs are an issue of significant concern. REASON #4: The work-site is an ideal setting to address health and well-being. REASON #5: Recent empirical research validates that health promotion programs can improve health, save money and even produce a return on investment. REASON #6: More and more companies are building world-class wellness programs.   Finding the Right Tools Finding the right resources, products and services now seem significantly more important. The right tools don’t have to be costly. In fact, the costs of them are significantly lower than the cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and medications. Here are the three most obvious tools: Medical Profession – Tradition health care is still an invaluable tool. Annual visits to a health professional are less costly than Emergency Room visits. Physicians, Nurses, Therapists, Dietitians are a resource that needs to be carefully selected and a positive relationship developed and nurtured to help overcome present and prevent future health issues Complementary & Alternative Health – According to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, complementary and alternative medicines are “The array of health care approaches with a history of use or origins outside of mainstream medicine.” Focusing on symptom relief, complimentary and alternative…

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03

Jul 2014

Harnessing Data to Improve Health

Family- centered care, patient-centered care, and engagement, are the “buzz” words in health care today. What this means is there is a coordinated effort by hospitals and public health officials to use electronic medical records and give individuals’ access to their records in order for them to manage their own care. Studies show that engaged individuals have lower healthcare costs, less medication mistakes, and better health outcomes. Individuals, who are engaged in their healthcare, collaborate with their health provider in decision regarding their care and treatment options. Communication and time constraints often hinder the concept of engagement. Many are intimidated by their health provider, lack the skills necessary to communicate effectively, and with only a15- minute office visit, usually can’t get all their needs met. Using personal health data and a health management tool could bridge that gap in communication. Using the Right Tool Today, there are new apps and electronic devices being developed every day to track your health. Their use, however, is limited. While technology is great, it comes with its’ own challenges. Most technology is information based only and does not provide for education or individualization. It cannot assess, evaluate, or build on acquired knowledge. It also eliminates a group of people who do not use technology, such as the elderly. A printed document however, can be personalized, interactive, educational, and shared with a health provider during a visit, social support network, or a team of specialists. Sharing documents in this manner breaks down the barriers usually associated with ineffective communication such as lack of confidence, and lack of knowledge. An Opportunity for Health Promotion It is our opinion at Health Promotion Associates, LLC, that a shift in the way we promote health is needed. The principles of individual engagement involve a set of skills that supports…

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05

Jun 2014

Self-Leadership: The Foundation to Health

When you see the word “leadership” what comes to mind? Your answer, most likely, is not related to health. However all our thoughts and actions result from our own self-leadership. Let’s examine what this really means. The concept of self-leadership simply put, means influencing one’s self. The primary focus of self-leadership is that our behaviors and thoughts affect our personal effectiveness in achieving success in all areas of life (physical, emotional, social, career, family, creativity, financial). We lead ourselves through action and behavior change in order to get the results we desire. Holding ourselves accountable is also important throughout the process. The practice of self-leadership described above, is an integrative framework between the mind and the body. It encompasses our attitudes, values, and beliefs, the world we live in, our needs and desires, and the choices we make. Understanding how these factors influence the way we live our life and how they affect our health, is the first step in becoming an effective self-leader. Putting self-leadership into practice requires several behavioral techniques such as self-observation, goal setting, self-management, mental imagery, self-talk, and self-esteem, to name a few. Using these strategies can make an immediate difference in our health, our career, our relationships, our world. When people are engaged in managing their health they are practicing skills necessary to identify their health needs, working with their healthcare team, making critical decision, and adopting lifestyle changes for long-term success. Health Promotion Associates, LLC has identified four key concepts that promote active engagement in enhancing health, preventing a disease, or managing a chronic illness. Here are the four key concepts; Developing self-management skills Problem-solving and making critical decisions Engaging in positive behavior changes Committing to continuously measuring degrees of success Self-leadership doesn’t mean you have to go it totally alone. Self-leadership involves identifying…

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